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Erdogan out, Davutoglu in as AKP leader

After 13 years as Justice and Development Party chairman, President-elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan has handed over the post to his foreign minister, Ahmet Davutoglu.
Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu greets his supporters during the Extraordinary Congress of the ruling AK Party (AKP) to choose a new leader of the party, ahead of his inauguration as president, in Ankara August 27, 2014. Davutoglu was elected leader of Turkey's ruling AK Party on Wednesday in a televised ceremony, ahead of his expected appointment as prime minister on Thursday after Tayyip Erdogan is sworn in as president.
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After serving for 13 years as chairman of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) since its foundation, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan handed over on Aug. 27 his chairmanship and premiership to his foreign minister, Ahmet Davutoglu.

Although presenting the party's congress with multiple candidates before announcing a successor to Erdogan might have been more befitting a democratic selection style, such a scenario was not even up for discussion. Erdogan choreographed the transition from his premiership to the presidency in such a way that the country will only spend one night without a government in place.

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